May 25, 2024  
PUBLISHED 2024-2025 Credit Catalog 
PUBLISHED 2024-2025 Credit Catalog

Information and Records Management

Location(s): Online

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Discover the skills and knowledge required to excel in this dynamic field with our online Information and Records Management certificate program.

This program covers industry standards and best practices learned directly from professionals actively engaged in the field. 

Efficiently managing records and associated information systems is critical to running any organization. Whether you’re a seasoned industry professional seeking to enhance your skills or looking to switch careers, this program will equip you with what you need to succeed. 

Our curriculum covers various topics, from the fundamentals to advanced strategies. You’ll gain insights into the latest industry trends, policies and practices, such as privacy legislation, de facto standards, document imaging technology, and data and document control. 

Upon completing the Information and Records Management certificate, you’ll be well-prepared for various roles, like document management specialist, records technician, records coordinator or library assistant. 

All courses are available as online asynchronous courses, allowing you to study on your schedule and at your own pace. 

Traits, skills and aptitudes

People who work in information management tend to be methodical, innovative, and directive. 

You need: 

  • discretion 
  • knowledge of filing systems, digital or manual, using numerical and alphabetical coding 
  • strong organizational skills 
  • analytical thinking, accuracy, and attention to detail
  • commitment to customer service 
  • the ability to work independently and on a team 
  • the ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines. 

You should enjoy compiling information, using operating systems for retrieving information and are at ease when responding to requests. 

Academic path

Graduates of this program can receive credit for three courses required in the SAIT Library Information Technology diploma. 


Upon successful completion of this program, you’ll recieve a SAIT Information and Records Management certificate.

Program length

30 weeks

Not open to international applicants

This program is not available to international applicants at this time. 


This program is eligible for the Canada Alberta Job Grant

Related careers

Our graduates may work in the following occupations. Some careers require additional experience and education.

Potential careers (NOC):

  • Health information management occupations (12111)
  • Records management technicians (12112)

Admission requirements - Applicants educated in Canada

Applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency and meet all of the following requirements or equivalents:

  • at least 60% in English Language Arts 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2, and
  • at least 60% in two of the following Grade 12 subjects:
    • Math (Math 30-1, Math 30-2 or Math 30-3)
    • Science
    • Social Science
    • Accounting
    • Law
    • Second language.

MGMT 244 (Fundamentals of Information and Records Management) may be substituted for one of the Grade 12 subjects. This course is available through Open Studies.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission for applicants educated outside Alberta.

Admission requirements - Applicants educated outside of Canada

All applicants who were educated outside of Canada must demonstrate English language proficiency and provide proof they meet the program admission requirements with an international document assessment. Find accepted educational documents and assessment options

SAIT may also accept courses completed at certain international post-secondary institutions.

Program outline

The Information and Records Management certificate requires 30 credits (10 courses) to complete.

The program spans 30 weeks, with two semesters. 

All courses are offered online on an ongoing basis.


You must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better each semester and pass the prerequisite courses to progress through the program.

To qualify for graduation, you must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

Review our grading and progression procedure > 

Books and supplies

Books and supplies are approximately $1,000 - $1,500 per full-time year.

This is a bring-your-own-device program with a standard computer hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page.

Find your booklist on the SAIT Bookstore’s website. The booklist will be available closer to the program start date. Can’t find your program or course? The bookstore didn’t receive a textbook list. Contact your program directly to determine if they’re still refining course details or if you’re in luck; no textbook purchase is required this term.

Business program advising

For any questions or to set up an advising appointment, please get in touch with our School of Business.

Phone: 403.284.8485

Graduate outcomes

A. Safety - awareness of safety standards relevant to the workplace.

  • Safety awareness

B. Responsible leadership - personal, ethical and respectful behaviour within the workplace and global community.

  • Teamwork and multi-disciplinary collaboration
  • Self-initiative
  • Ethical reasoning and action
  • Global awareness
  • Sustainability

C. Communication - the exchange of information professionally and effectively.

  • Language skills
  • Interpersonal skills

D. Information literacy - the strategies used to become informed, from recognizing an information need to accessing and evaluating information and using it effectively and ethically.

  • Problem-solving and critical thinking
  • Quantitative literacy
  • Technological literacy

E. Technical knowledge, skills and abilities - technical competence specific to the discipline or industry.

  • Specialized technical skill set

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